St. Lawrence War of 1812 Bicentennial Dedications
by Festival Nomad Correspondent, Jan Bonhomme
Just a few weeks later, the kick off to the Declaration of War on June 18 was held with the unveiling of a new $600,000 waterfront heritage park in Gananoque. The Joel Stone 1812 Heritage Park was built with partnerships from the local Lions, Rotary and Kinsmen Clubs along with the local accommodators, the St. Lawrence 1812 Alliance and the Town. More than 1500 people were in attendance including over 500 school children dressed in red, white and blue who sang God Save the Queen as the new 80 foot Canada Flag pole was unveiled. Speakers outlined the importance of the War of 1812 in our lives and honoured Gananoque’s founding father, Colonel Joel Stone, a War of 1812 military leader. Other new park attractions included cannons, a history wall, a diorama, and a beautiful natural stone amphitheatre leaving a true legacy to the 1000 Islands area for the years to come.
Next on the busy June list, was the re-dedication of the Brock Monument in the Town of Brockville by Sir Isaac Brock descendants led by Reverend Brock? A group of family members primarily from Guernsey, England travelled to Brockville for a week filled with local activities and participation in a number of 1812 events including the 1000 Islands Wine & Food Festival. This was a first time visit to Canada for most of the group of 11 members and they were thrilled with not only their 1812 experience but with the hospitality of Brockville and the area.